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Trouble on the Half Shell
Season 2, Episode 13
Air date December 7, 1991
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Trouble on the Half Shell is the thirteenth episode in the second season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

Main Characters[]

The main characters featured in this episode are:

Plot Synopsis[]

Hoggish Greedily and Verminous Skumm are shipwrecked on the Galapagos Islands. After accidental exposure to Skumm's toxins, Skumm's rats mutate and wreck havoc on the island's native species. While visiting a museum the Planeteers hear about the trouble on the island with the help of a scientist's robot JASON. The Planeteers along with JASON set out to save the islands and the giant tortoises who live there.

Episode Summary[]

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Planeteer Alerts[]

First Planeteer Alert
Alert

Gaia: Habitats, the homes of plants and animals evolve over thousands of years.
Linka: But if new species are brought in, the habitats can be destroyed practically overnight!
Ma-Ti: A small addition can change the balace of nature forever.
Wheeler: So when you go on a trip, be sure not to carry any plants or animals that might mess up the habitat.
Captain Planet: You can protect the diversity of life which gives our world its beauty. The power is yours!

Second Planeteer Alert

Kwame: Don't they see all that trash they are leaving behind?
Gi: Why don't they pick it up?
Captain Planet: Because they think someone else will do it.
Linka: Now they know that trash does not go away by itself.
Captain Planet: We all have to do our part.
Ma-Ti: Do not be part of the pollution.
Kwame: Be part of the solution.
Wheeler: When it's trash time, can it.
Captain Planet: The power is yours!

Significant Moments and Facts[]

  • Wheeler and Captain Planet make subtle references to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Gaia explains to the Planeteers that islands have very fragile ecosystems and many of them including the Galapagos have already suffered ecological damage due to introduced species. When species are introduced to habitats they're not native to, they can wreck serious havoc on the habitats' ecosystems. The dodo, a stuffed specimen of which is featured in the museum's extinct species exhibit alongside others including the mammoth, quagga, thylacine, and Toolache wallaby, suffered a similar fate: its extinction (which occurred the late 1600s) is due to overhunting and exotic pests, such as pigs and rats, that were brought to Mauritius, the island where this large, flightless relative of the pigeons lived.

Quotes[]

  • Verminous Skumm: (of Greedly) Old Bacon Breath started breakfast without us!
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